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History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

with full purpose of heart, they are called to go into all the world, to preach my gospel unto every creature: and they are they who are ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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of me to baptize

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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in my name, according to that which is written; and you have that which is written before you: wherefore you must perform it according to the words which are written. And now I speak unto the twelve

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

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: Behold my grace is sufficient for you: you must walk uprightly before me, and sin not. And behold you are they who are ordained of me, to ordain priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. In the Book of Mormon, priests were described as those who baptized, administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto the church,” and taught “the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” A June 1829 revelation directed...

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and teachers

Generally, one who instructs, but also an ecclesiastical and priesthood office. The Book of Mormon explained that teachers were to be ordained “to preach repentance and remission of sins through Jesus Christ, by the endurance of faith on his name to the end...

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to declare my gospel, according to the power of the Holy Ghost which is in you, and according to the callings, and gifts of God unto men: and I Jesus Christ, your Lord, and your God have spoken it. These words are not of men, nor of man, but of me: wherefore, you shall testify they are of me, and not of man: for it is my voice which speaketh them unto you: for they are given by my spirit unto you: and by my power you can read them one to another: and save it were by my power, you could not have them: wherefore you can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words. 6 And now behold I give unto you, Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, and also unto you David Whitmer

7 Jan. 1805–25 Jan. 1888. Farmer, livery keeper. Born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Raised Presbyterian. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, shortly after birth. Attended German Reformed Church. Arranged...

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, that you shall search out the twelve who shall have the desires of which I have spoken; and by their desires and their works you shall know them: and when you have found them you shall shew these things unto them. And you shall fall down and worship the Father in my name: and you must preach unto the world saying you must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ: for all men must repent, and be baptized; and not only men, but women, and children who have arriven to the years of accountability.
7 And now, after that you have received this, you must keep my commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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in all things: and by your hands I will work a marvelous work among the children of men, unto the convincing of many of their sins, that they may come unto repentance: and that they may come unto the kingdom of my Father: wherefore the blessings which I give unto you, are above all things. And after that you have received this, if you keep not my commandments, you cannot be saved in the kingdom of my Father.
Behold I Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, and your Redeemer by the power of my spirit have spoken it. Amen.

June–August 1829

In this manner did the Lord continue to give us instructions from time to time, concerning the duties which now devolved upon us, and among many other things of the kind, we obtained of him the folowing, by the Spirit of Prophecy and revelation; which not only gave us much information, but also pointed out to us the precise day upon which, according to his will and commandment, we should proceed to organize his Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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once again, here upon the earth. [p. 29]
with full purpose of heart, they are called to go into all the world, to preach  my gospel unto every creature: and they are they who are ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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of me to  baptize

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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in my name, according to that which is written; and you have  that which is written before you: wherefore you must perform it according  to the words which are written. And now I speak unto the twelve

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

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: Behold  my grace is sufficient for you: you must walk uprigh[t]ly before me, and  sin not. And behold you are they who are ordained of me, to ordain priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. In the Book of Mormon, priests were described as those who baptized, administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto the church,” and taught “the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” A June 1829 revelation directed...

View Glossary
 and teachers

Generally, one who instructs, but also an ecclesiastical and priesthood office. The Book of Mormon explained that teachers were to be ordained “to preach repentance and remission of sins through Jesus Christ, by the endurance of faith on his name to the end...

View Glossary
to declare my gospel, according to the power of the Holy Ghost  which is in you, and according to the callings, and gifts of God unto men:  and I Jesus Christ, your Lord, and your God have spoken it. These  words are not of men, nor of man, but of me: wherefore, you shall testify they  are of me, and not of man: for it is my voice which speaketh them unto you:  for they are given by my spirit unto you: and by my power you can read  them one to another: and save it were by my power, you could not have  them: wherefore you can testify that you have heard my voice, and know  my words. 6 And now behold I give unto you, Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, and  also unto you David Whitmer

7 Jan. 1805–25 Jan. 1888. Farmer, livery keeper. Born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Raised Presbyterian. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, shortly after birth. Attended German Reformed Church. Arranged...

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, that you shall search out the twelve who  shall have the desires of which I have spoken; and by their desires and their  works you shall know them: and when you have found them you shall shew  these things unto them. And you shall fall down and worship the Father in  my name: and you must preach unto all the world saying you must repent  and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ: for all men must repent, and  be baptized; and not only men, but women, and children who have  arriven to the years of accountability.
7 And now, after that you have received this, you must keep my com mandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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in all things: and by your hands I will work a marvelous  work among the children of men, unto the convincing of many of their sins,  that they may come unto repentance: and that they may come unto the  kingdom of my Father: wherefore the blessings which I give unto you,  are above all things. And after <that> you have received this, if you keep not  my commandments, you cannot be saved in the kingdom of my Father.
Behold I Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, and your Redeemer  by the power of my spirit have spoken it. Amen.

June–August 1829

In this manner did the Lord continue to give us instructions from time to time,  concerning our <the> duties which now devolved upon us, and among many other things of  the kind, we obtained of him the folowing, by the Spirit of Prophecy and revelation;  which not only gave us much information, but also pointed out to us the precise  day upon which, according to his will and commandment, we should proceed  to organize to organize his Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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once again, here upon the earth. [p. 29]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland

1804–3 Nov. 1839. Born in Ireland. Baptized into LDS church. Married Sarah Scott, 8 Feb. 1838, at Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri. Engaged in clerical work for JS, 1838, at Far West. Ordained a seventy, 28 Dec. 1838. After expulsion from Missouri, lived ...

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, Robert B. Thompson

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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, William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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, and Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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; 553 pages, plus 16 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the first volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This first volume covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 30 August 1834; the remaining five volumes, labeled B-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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